Our board team remains true to our vision and values, and its membership offers a diverse and synergistic range of experience, expertise, nationalities and cultures. These are our key people and they are all at your disposal, individually and collectively.

Marvin Vincent Apira
Marvin Vincent Apira
Board Chair

Marvin Vincent Apira is a Ugandan American born and raised from the rural village of Pawor in the then Arua district and now new Madi Okollo District in the West Nile Region of Northern Uganda now living in Dallas, Texas USA.

He is a Business Executive; President of MoneyVenture Logistics, Inc. CEO NYAICO Holdings, Ltd, Chairman,MoonLight Venture(U) Ltd, Executive Vice President DMD Petroleum, Inc. to mention but a few.

He is Africa’s Brand Ambassador of Cure 4 Humanity Inc, a silicon Valley Company with a number of Clean Technologies for global solutions such as Clean Power generation using Magnetic field(DMIGs), Clean Water sourcing, Affordable Housing, Food Production, Municipal solid Waste Conversion technologies to; Power generation, Fuel and Fertilizer Production among other technologies.

Marvin holds an Exclusivity Rights of sale in E. Africa of the Hydrogen 25 Generator technology that reduces fuel consumption in any engine by 40-50% .

He has 15 years + Experience in the NonProfit sector Management working with Churches within DFW Metroplex to integrate disadvantaged peoples such as Refugees and empower them through Education, Skills development and Job sourcing in Texas State . He founded Alliance for Forgotten Children Uganda, Inc an Organization registered in the State of Texas as a Non Profit and has supported Education of Children in Uganda.

Marvin worked as Uganda’s National Secretary General for the Junior Chamber of Commerce, commonly known as the “Jaycees. Inspired by their creedal affirmation that states”Service to humanity is the best work of life”, he has since continued transforming communities everywhere he has lived through service. For Instance he set up a Refugee Support Center in the Vickery meadows area since 2004 still serving as the linkage between DFW churches and refugee Communities arriving with the help of Fellowship Bible Church and Lake Highlands Church and other Churches for Skills development, Social support, Education within the Dallas
Community Colleges and employment access.

Marvin’s deep understanding of global Multicultural dynamics continues to help him offer meaningful and sustainable solutions and Interventions to both the business and Boards of the Nonprofit sector. He serves as the Advisory Board Member of Karaolmurani, Inc a 501(c)3 Organization supporting sexually abused Children in Kenya.

Marvin is the Bunyoro Kingdom Ambassador in the United States and a Patron of Bunyoro Kitara Reparation Association(BUKITAREPA) since 2014 He is educated, traveled and exposed with an enriched passion for transforming communities through strategic Partnerships and sustainable solutions especially for the vulnerable Youth and Women wherever they live.

Barbara W. Shank
Barbara W. Shank
Board Member

Barbara W. Shank, Dean and Professor Emerita, earned a BA from Macalester College and a MSW & PhD from the University of Minnesota. She was engaged in social work education for forty+ years. Under her leadership, the school grew from 50 to 600 students, 4 to 34 full-time faculty, and 1 to 5 programs offering 5 professional development institutes. In 2014, the School launched an online DSW program, ‘Education as Practice’. Barbara consults on BSW and MSW program development and reaffirmation of accredited status.

Barbara has served in various leadership capacities with the National Association of Social Work MN Chapter (NASW), the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), the National Association of Deans and Directors of Schools of Social Work (NADD), and the International Consortium for Social Development (ICSD).

Currently she serves as a CSWE Accreditation Site Visitor, on the CSWE Katherine Kendall Advisory Board, the Board of Directors of NASW and as Secretary of the International Association of Schools of Social Work IASSW).

Barbara was named NASW MN Social Worker of the Year (1993), NASW Pioneer (2016), received the Distinguished Service Award, University of St. Thomas (2017), named a Fellow in the Global Institute of Social Work (2017), received the Lifetime Achievement Award, National Association of Social Workers, MN Chapter (2019) and was named as one of the 50 Notable Social Workers in US History
(2019).

Lori Lundin
Lori Lundin
Board Member

Lori Lundin is a long-time American broadcast journalist who has received multiple awards for her investigative reporting, including from the American Women in Radio and Television. She is particularly passionate about environmental and sustainability issues vital to the health and well being of future generations of humans and animals.

Lundin considers herself a global citizen, a world view that has led to travels to places with diverse cultures throughout the Americas, Southeast Asia, Europe and several countries in Africa. The human spirit and beautiful wildlife on the continent of Africa left an indelible mark.

She believes every child, regardless of where they live is equally entitled to an education, clean water, food and healthcare. She is excited about contributing to the critically important work of “See Them Grow Foundation.” Its mission is crucial for the survival of future generations, communities and the planet.

Nana Kagga
Nana Kagga
Board Member

“Chemical Engineer/ Media Content Creator / Script Writer/ Director/Producer / Entrepreneur”
“Savannah Moon Productions; 40-Plus Productions; Chloe’s Closet”

Nana Kagga was born into a family of predominantly engineers in Nairobi, Kenya on the 6th of April 1977. She attended the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom where she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering before working for 3 years as a process engineer on US military contracts in Laguna, New Mexico (USA). Nana then decided to take some time off from Engineering and immerse herself in the acting world in Hollywood, California.

Over the years, Nana has appeared in a number of Hollywood films, TV, commercials, music videos under the
stage name Nana Hill. Her Hollywood film credits include: “He is not that into you” with Universal pictures, “Star Trek” with Paramount pictures (http://en.memory-alpha.org/wiki/Nana_Hill) and “A Good Day to be Black and Sexy” with Magnolia Pictures as well as the independent films “Cowboys and Indians”, “Hitch-hike” and “Collision”.

“On US Television, Nana appeared on “CSI New York” on CBS, “LIFE” on NBC, “Runaway Stars” a web-series, Black Entertainment TV, BET and Uganda’s WBS’s Jam Agenda.”
“She has done US TV Commercials for Pepsi, DSW, Budweiser, Coors Light, KFC, Microsoft, Apple, Tylenol and Dove.”

Whilst working for Tullow Oil as a Petroleum Subsurface Engineer, Nana created, scripted, cast and produced the hugely successful is the wholly Ugandan Television series “Beneath The Lies” which aired on Urban Television and included a stellar cast of Ugandan media personalities. “Beneath The Lies” went on to be nominated as one the best television series to be produced on the African continent in 2016 at the AMVCAs.

Under her production company, Savannah MOON, Nana creates, scripts, casts and produces several productions including “Reflections”- a Television Series, “Mela”- a web-series, “He Said She Said”- a talk show and “The Woman’s Journal”- a daily segment aimed at inspiring women and girls.

Nana is a motivational speaker and aims to inspire youths to live a life less ordinary and strive to reach for things they have been conditioned to believe are beyond their capabilities. Under her platform “Limitless” Nana provides free seminars and workshops.”

She was a judge on the recently concluded 2018/19 Miss Uganda pageant aimed at finding a Ugandan queen to compete in the upcoming Miss World pageant.

Nana is a mother to 3 amazing children, a sister, a daughter, a friend and above all a Feminist
and Pan-Africanist.

Franki Rezek
Franki Rezek
Board Member

Franki received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of St. Thomas/St. Catherine University School of Social Work. She is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker and a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor. She has learned firsthand how education empowers those who struggle with poverty and adversity.

Franki is the Founder and CEO of Frazier Recovery Homes which offers housing and supportive services to those struggling with long term homelessness, mental health issues, substance use disorders, and criminal justice involvement.

Franki offers a person-centered approach to those she serves and believes that “each and every one of us wakes up each day recovering from something—offering hope is the greatest gift of all.”

Stephanie Demouveaux
Stephanie Demouveaux
Board Member

Stepahanie was born on 6/04/1978, She is married and have a wonderful little girl Angela who is 10 years old.
She has a master’s degree in law obtained at the University of Nice, and works at the Grasse employment center as a professional integration consultant.

She likes traveling and animals.

Stephanie was very touched by Ugandans that she found wonderful and obviously See Them Grow Foundation is part of it.

In her own words “I am delighted to be able to help the See Them Grow Foundation, whose missions are fantastic.”

Daphne Ho
Daphne Ho
Board Member

Daphne has a BA in Secondary Education in Foreign Languages with a specialty in French, and a minor in American Cultural Studies.

After having worked in an internet-based company in Minneapolis, MN, as customer services representative, she went to China to teach English, and is now currently working for the British Council in Beijing.

Plagued by restlessness and curiosity, she is always exploring and travelling, and incessantly asking questions; furthermore, she likes to stay active, her ultimate love being soccer, followed by rock climbing and canoeing.

After spending a couple months in Uganda, she fell in love with the weather, the people, the music and all the secrets and potential that the Pearl of Africa has to offer. Ideally, she hopes to find a way to use funding from socially responsible businesses in the corporate world to not only foster cultural diversity and cross cultural awareness through tourism and volunteering, but further to educate the underprivileged, to empower the vulnerable, and to cultivate self sustainability in all aspects.

Sarah Felhofer
Sarah Felhofer
Board Member
Sarah Felhofer – Is a recent graduate from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota, USA. She earned her Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Neuroscience and is an aspiring Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner.
In January of 2019 she visited Uganda and spent time with the See Them Grow Foundation in Luuka. After witnessing the conditions in Luuka, she was heartbroken for the many vulnerable children and women lacking adequate and sustainable resources.
But, she was extremely grateful for the time spent with the children and having had the chance to empower some of them, especially the young girls. She was inspired by the founder, Morgan’s, hard work and dedication to this community and wanted to continue to be a part of the global community that the See Them Grow Foundation is establishing.
Carol Tyroler
Carol Tyroler
Board Member

Carol Tyroler has 25-years of experience working in the field of women’s economic empowerment, livelihoods and cross-cutting areas such as microfinance, land tenure, the environment, and gender equity.

She has conducted women’s livelihood assessments and evaluations, strategies and project designs, as well as implemented programs in over 39 countries in Southeast and Central Asia, Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean, the Middle East, and the Pacific Islands.  She holds 2 MA from Duke University in International Economic Development Policy and Business and the Environment.

Carol has owned her own consulting business (Tyroler and Associates) for the past 15 years and in that capacity has worked for a variety of entities including the UNDP, UN Women, USAID, World Bank, DC-based consulting firms, various government ministries, INGOs, and local NGOs – all of which have focused on livelihoods and women’s economic empowerment.

Last summer while doing a Women’s Economic Empowerment Strategy for CARE Rwanda, she had the pleasure of traveling to Uganda to see the Mountain Gorillas. It was during this time that she visited Batwa Orphanage located near where the Mountain Gorillas live and felt a strong desire to do something positive for the many orphanages in Uganda. Carol lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico with her 11 year old daughter Ella.

Henry Kisitu
Henry Kisitu
Board Member

Henry Kisitu – Assistant Executive Director was born and raised in Uganda. He received a scholarship to attend the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management and a Master of Arts in Human Resource and Change Leadership.

He has used his education to start a tile company in Uganda called UgaTile Investments. Currently, he is furthering his experience and knowledge of tile and construction in Hawaii, USA.

He is the founder of Jajja Wellness Tonics providing healthy and delicious products, developed with high quality ingredients for the wellbeing of all.

He is also actively involved in the Ugandan community, has volunteered at the Ruth Gaylord Hospital in Kampala, Uganda.

In his free time, he paints, sculpts, and draws. He loves Uganda and looks forward to progressing the people and the development of his country.

He is honored to be on the board of See Them Grow Foundation! Lastly, he is a die-hard Manchester United soccer fan and plays football (soccer) any chance he can get!